|In Japanese culture, greeting people is one of the most important and necessary
ingredients in communication with people. Here is shown the three basic
greetings for morning ("Ohayo gozaimasu" meaning "Good morning"
in Japanese), afternoon ("Konichiwa" meaning "Good afternoon"
in Japanese) and evening ("Konbanwa" meaning "Good evening"
in Japanese). Learning these three greetings is a great first step toward
becoming a competent communicator in Japanese Sign Language.
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2. Signs for Introducing Oneself
3. Everyday Signs
(Ogenki Desu Ka-How are you?)
|Here, both hands are made into fists and held in front of the shoulders, blade edges facing toward the interlocutor, and then pushed out twice a short distance forward. Then the right hand is held out, palm up to signify a question.
|3B. 元気です (Genki Desu-Fine)
|Both hands are made into fists and held in front of the shoulders, blade edges facing toward the interlocutor, and then pushed out twice a short distance forward.
(Anata wa?-And you/How about you?)
|To make this sign, one just extends the right hand naturally, palm up in front of you, fingers pointed toward the interlocutor.
|3D. ありがとう (Arigatou-Thank you)
|The left hand is held palm-down in front of the chest, fingers pointing to the right with the open right hand's blade edge touching the back of the left hand, fingers pointing toward the interlocutor. The left hand's position is held, while the right hand is lifted to chin height.
|3E. ごくろうさま (Gokurousama-Good work)
The left fist is held palm-down in front of the chest while the blade edge
of the right fist taps back of the left wrist twice then the open right
hand (blade edge toward the interlocutor) chops out a short distance from
in front of the nose.
|3F. ごめんなさい/すみません (Gomennasai/Sumimasen-Sorry/Excuse me)
|The index finger and thumb of the right hand pinch together in front of the bridge of the nose then the open right hand (blade edge toward the interlocutor) chops out a short distance from in front of the nose.